The Pafuri Walking Trail in the Makuleke Concession of the Kruger National Park is without a doubt one of the most remote and wild walking experiences that can be found today. A 3 night 4 day trail is the perfect getaway to experience nature at its best.
The early hours of each day were spent walking in various parts of this unique and extremely diverse area. We had a number of great sightings of elephant, safety is distance when out walking which can be hard to maintain whilst walking for 4 to 5 hours. Most of the time we were able to get to an elevated area and enjoyed watching the behavior of the elephants whilst they were completely unaware of our presence. Buffalo were fairly common and we had to be very careful where we walked. Once or twice we got a little too close for comfort but with the knowledge and experience of our guides we were able to appreciate the skills needed to spend time safely in this environment and avoided having to climb any trees.
In this areas the cats are difficult to find on foot so in the in the afternoon we would use the the vehicle to explore the area, we were fortunate to see two different leopards which was a real highlight. We found some spectacular spots to enjoy our hard earned sun downers and to relive the days sightings. When we arrived back at camp after each adventure, we were greeted warmly by the friendly staff and treated to some fabulous meals cooked on the open fire.
We really had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute of the adventure, a special thanks to the staff at Pafuri for such a great experience and for making us feel so welcome and for looking after us so well.
Some of the best walking in South Africa, the Pafuri Wilderness Trail is perfectly situated to explore this incredibly diverse area.
The reputation of a buffalo is well deserved, which is why taking photos from the comfort of a vehicle will generally yield better photos due to less camera shake.
A lone elephant bull in the spectacular Fever Tree forests.
Reading tracks and signs at the confluence of the Limpopo and Levuvu rivers.
Enjoying the freedom of tracking animals on foot in the dry Limpopo River.
Enjoying wildlife from the comfort of the camp. This elephant spent most of the mid day feeding around our tents.
The thrill and excitement of the mornings adventure proving too much for Gareth.
Brett, head of sustainability at Wilderness Safaris enjoying a fantastic photographic opportunity with this herd of buffalo.
Spectacular scenery from Lanner Gorge, probably one of the best place in Africa to enjoy sundowners.
Walking in the wilderness is all about having fun and leaving the daily grind behind.
Time on foot allows you to earn a greater understanding of the natural world. We had an opportunity to spend time exploring the skull of an elephant which was extremely interesting.
Taking a rest after a long morning walk and enjoying the scenic Levuvu River.
Every sunset in the African wilderness is special, one has to make sure to not spend too much time in the city before the next one.
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